Category: holiday

When It Comes to Grandkids, How to Turn Christmas Gifts from No-No-Nos to Ho-Ho-Hos

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

With less than a week left until Christmas, family members all over the world are making silent, solemn, last-minute promises to be nice and not naughty this season when they gather together to celebrate the holidays.

No time signifies the special bonds of family more than Christmas. But too often, instead of familial peace, such gatherings disintegrate into verbal free-for-alls followed by abrupt, dramatic exits.

There are almost as many culprits for these explosions as there are white whiskers in Santa’s beard. Generational conflicts. Political differences. Seasonal pressures. Too much eggnog. Grandma getting run over by a reindeer.

Why even the wonderful tradition of exchanging gifts can lead to Grinch-like misadventures.

Obviously, not all the reasons for family holiday disputes are easy to address, but in the spirit of the season, here are a few last-minute offerings for grandparents (and actually all relatives) about gifting that, if followed, should greatly reduce any potential problems in that area.

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Targeting In On a Tough-to-Get Christmas Gift


This article 1st appeared in Medium 

It’s a Christmas-season problem that families all over America have probably experienced at one time or another. But this year it involved our niece Tara, which, of course, meant it also involved her favorite Aunt Judy, who just happens to be my wife of 43 years. Ergo, I also got sucked in.

Tara’s two youngest daughters wanted what is this year’s most difficult holiday item to find (which, because of Santa involvement and the possibility of lawsuits, I will only identify here as Match-ibles).

Apparently, according to Money magazine, these are interactive stuffed animals that a child gets to help hatch from an egg and then teach to walk, talk, and play.

They cost between $60 and $70 in stores. But that is where the problem comes in. You see this season’s must-have toy is virtually sold out in stores and on major retailer websites.

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